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Chuck Smith and I have two things in common:  We are both lawyers and we almost share a birthday (Smith was born on the 4th of July and I was born on the 5th but in different years).  Actually, we have two more things in common:  We are both conservatives and don’t mind fighting despite long odds.  I like him.  Here’s his website.

According to Smith’s biography, he was raised by a grandmother, went in the Marines, got a bachelor’s and law degree in six years at North Carolina Central University, served in the Navy as a JAG, is fluent in Spanish (There goes another stereotype – that conservatives won’t learn about other cultures!) and was accepted to study law in Colombia.

He’s sound on the issues:  Against burdensome regulations, for a balanced budget and smaller government, believes education ought to be a local concern, strongly supports Israel (Smith is admittedly not a non-interventionist however I’ll break bread with a national-security conservative to achieve other desired ends), has this wonderfully worded position on immigration:

I applaud all freedom-loving people who desire to make a better life for themselves in America, but America is a nation of laws, and everybody must follow the rules.

I am opposed to illegal immigration: it threatens our borders; raises national security risks; consumes jobs; lowers pay rates; increases the tax burden on American citizens; and is an injustice to all those who have worked to gain citizenship legally. I support existing federal law, which makes it a crime to enter the U.S. unlawfully.I support the enforcement of that law by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

The current federal bureaucracy that oversees immigration is broken and must be fixed. Legal immigrants waiting to earn American citizenship should be offered a reasonable timeline, with clear cut rules, and efficient processing of their applications.

Well said!  Smith is also pro-life and supports DOMA.  He also has a nuanced position on healthcare that does not clearly enough say repeal Obamacare, but he does say he opposes the “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Smith is apparently a man of faith.  The Bishops and pastors who endorsed him say this about his opponent:

Scott has voted against the recognition of Christianity as one of the world’s great religions;against Christmas as an important holiday in America; against “One Nation Under God” in the pledge; and against many of the programs designed to help the constituents of the 3rd District, such as school choice and faith-based initiatives to help ex-offenders rebuild their lives in their neighborhoods.

The Third District has long had poor or no real competition to 18 year incumbent Rep. Bobby Scott.  This year is different; if you want better elections, you have to support candidates when they come forth.  It’s just like the free market.  If you want more of something, you got to buy it when it is available.  Chuck Smith is the real thing.  Support him; if you live in the Third, vote for him.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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